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what’s in my bag?

whats-in-my-bagI always think it’s interesting to know what other girls just can’t leave the house without, so I thought I’d share some of my “must-haves” with you today!

  1. Favorite phone case – I’m obsessed with all Sonix cases. I love this one because you can still see my gold phone through the case, but it’s still protective!
  2. Little wallet – I recently downsized my wallet and it was the best decision of my life. I typically carry small crossbody bags and having a big wallet just wasn’t working for me. (This wallet also just got marked down!). It’s small but still holds everything I need it to, and forces me to stay organized!
  3. Fresh nude lip color – I literally cannot live without this stuff. It feels so good on your lips, it’s hydrating, and gives you that perfect summer nude lip color. I wear it everywhere from the grocery store, to work meetings to lunch with the girls. (I also wear it to the pool because it has SPF in it!)
  4. Dior Addict gloss – another favorite lip color. I have it in the “angelique” color which is also pretty nude, but it has just the remind amount of gloss to it. It looks natural, but still feminine.
  5. Obviously sunnies (not pictured). I’m currently obsessed with Ditto.com which is an endless eyewear subscription. Unlimited sunglasses that you can swap out for $19/month. Use the code “laurenkaysims” to get your first month free!

What are some items you can’t leave the house without?!

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make-up routine

I’ve gotten a few questions recently regarding what foundation/skin make-up I use, so I decided to give you a little step-by-step of my foundation routine! The products I’m sharing with you today have been my go-to foundation products for quite some time now, because I’m obsessed with them and don’t even want to try anything else!


  1. Japonesque primer: It wasn’t until a year or two ago when I started using primer. I’d tried out several and couldn’t really tell a difference. I love this one from Japonesque because I can tell a huge difference when I wear it. It makes my skin feel so much smoother and really helps my foundation stay on longer!
  2. Laura Mercier concealer (not pictured): if you’ve been following me for a while, you know, if there was one make-up product I could not live without, it’s concealer. I’m somewhat cursed with dark circles under my eyes (like, always), so this concealer for me is a must. The coverage is amazing and it stays on forever.
  3. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer: if there was one make-up that I’d say changed my life, it would be this one. I first tried this moisturizer out when I started working at Neiman’s in 2013 because I’d heard such great things, and it’s been my go-to foundation ever since. The coverage is surprisingly amazing, but it’s still lightweight enough to just put on if you’re going to the beach or pool (and it has SPF in it!). It lasts pretty much all day on me, and doesn’t make your face shiny like a lot of moisturizers do.
  4. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer: Bronzer is a must for me, and if I ever accidentally leave the house without it, I feel naked. I love this bronzer because I like my bronzer to actually show up, but not look too fake. This one looks natural, yet still gives you a really nice sunkissed look.
  5. Bare Minerals blush balm: this blush is a more recent addition to my make-up routine. I put just a touch on the very apple of my cheek bones for a nice little pop of color (yet, still subtle).
  6. Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc: I finish all of this off with my favorite blush in the world. I sweep this shimmer bloc across my cheekbones, really highlighting the top of my cheeks. This shimmer bloc is the perfect color pink and has just enough shimmer to give you a glowing effect, without being too over the top.

I hope you get to try some of these products out and love them as much as I do! I’d also love to know what some of your must-have make-up products are :). xoxo

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There are some things in life we as women know are bad for us, and yet we do it anyway. ie: eating raw cookie dough, being on our phones right before bed, too much time in the sun, and lastly – coloring our hair. I personally have been (off and on) coloring my hair since I was about 15 which is why I think it’s so crucial to invest in good quality hair care product. Not only so your hair doesn’t fry off before you’re 30, but also to keep your color looking beautiful for as long as possible!

After years of trying different products from salons or drug stores, I’ve finally found a routine that works great for my hair, and has kept me from continuing to buy new products just to “try them out”!

First of all, I am a total Oribe girl. I have been using their Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo & Conditioner for about two years now and am hooked. It makes my color stay looking good for so long + I love how it makes my hair smell and feel. The shampoo is formulated for all hair types, especially those with hair that has been damaged by time, styling, or processing. And being the girly girl that I am, I style my hair almost every day! The conditioner moisturizes and restores youthful hair without weighing it down, while simultaneously conditioning the scalp to promote healthy hair growth. And let’s be real – what girl isn’t trying to grow her hair out?

Oribe came out with a new product recently that I’ve added to my hair care routine & am in love with it! Their Bright Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner for beautiful color come in adorable pink bottles & have made all the difference with my color. I know what you’re thinking: “she’s not blonde“. I recently got highlights though that I love, and thanks to this shampoo and conditioner, the highlights have not turned brassy or gotten dull. The shampoo cleanses your hair with an optimal level of violet pigment to visibly brighten and eliminate brassiness, without affecting the brilliance of color! {Styling note: I alternate between using the bright blonde shampoo & conditioner and the gold lust. I switch off every hair wash}

The last “hair-necessity” in my routine is a good quality hair mask/remedy. Rita Hazan recently came out with an amazing product called Weekly Remedy – a two-step at home treatment that dramatically delivers salon-quality hydration and repair instantly. The first time I used this product, I could not believe how soft and silky my hair was after! I didn’t even have to straighten it after blow drying because it was so smooth. It’s also so easy to use: After shampooing, you put on “step 1″, leave it on for a minute, then wash it out. After that, you put on “step 2″, leave it on for a minute, then rinse. Weekly Remedy’s technology transforms the hair follicle from the inside out to treat, repair, and protect. This is crucial if you are trying to grow your hair out or have damage from styling or coloring!

Trust me on this one – you will love each of these products. Let me know if you try them out! Love hearing ya’lls feedback! xx

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kate somerville: my game-changer

There are some things in life that are worth the investment, ie: a house, a good pair of jeans, and great skincare products. I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my life searching for skincare products that work for me. I tried everything from Proactiv, to stuff you can get at the drugstore, to dermatologist-perscribed medication. Nothing every truly worked for my skin like Kate Somerville products have.

I first discovered Kate Somerville when I was working at Neiman Marcus and a coworker recommended it to me. She said once she tried these products, she’s never felt the need to try anything else, and that has been my experience exactly. Growing up, I always struggled with combination skin, and I thought this would naturally go away once you get out of those teen years. Well, that was not the case for me.

I noticed right away that Kate Somerville products did wonders for clearing my breakouts and giving me an even skin tone. (If you are prone to breakouts, I highly recommend the Exfolikate, EradiKate treatment and EradiKate mask.)

No matter what your skin type is, I also highly recommend the detox daily cleanser & moisturizer. These should be staples in every skincare routine. This moisturizer is amazing because it doesn’t just provide hydration, it also helps prevent excess oil production commonly associated with oily and acne-prone skin. It also helps to firm and tighten the appearance of skin, while minimizing the look of wrinkles.

Which brings me to my next point! I chose Kate Somerville products not only because they did wonders for clearing breakouts, but because the anti-aging effects are life-changing! Seriously. I know my skin will thank me for using these products in 10, 20, 30 years! And they’re clearly less expensive than paying for Botox or any medical procedure to get rid of wrinkles down the road. The RetAsphere Micro Peel infuses skin with pure Retinol to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeds up cell renewal. It also helps remove dead skin on the skin’s surface to improve the appearance of pores, and softens and evens out your skin tone. It’s formulated to deliver clinic-level results overnight without irritation! I’ve only used this product for a week or so and can already tell a huge difference in my skin tone. (Use this product every other night)

If you’re used to buying your face wash from the grocery store, these products might seem on the pricy said. However, if your current products aren’t working for you or you’re frustrated with your skin, I speak from personal experience when I say that Kate Somerville products have been a total game-changer for me! If you try any of these out (or use them already!) I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Top Knot || How To

Ladies and gentlemen (well, probably just ladies but you never know). I am SO excited to feature Tracy Melton on today’s post! Tracy did my hair and make-up for my wedding day and is incredibly gifted. In addition to that, she’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever meet!

Lots of girls have asked me how to do a good top-knot. The ones I do on my own are always super messy and fall down, so Tracy here has created a step-by-step tutorial (pictures included!) to teach you all how to get the perfect top-knot. Enjoy!


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Here’s Tracy’s step-by-step instructions!

Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown and securing it with a hair band.

Once secured, take a comb and give your mane a tease. Teasing is an important step if you have fine or thin hair – helps to bulk it up and give it some grip.

From there, simply twist the teased ponytail (loosely) to help form the shape.

Continue by wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the hair band creating the bun shape.

Secure in place with bobby pins. Don’t be scared to tug at the bun to get it to the desired height and shape. Tuck in any strays and finish off with hair spray. You’re all set!

Tip: To make this look more messy and lived-in, take the palms of your hands and rub them on your temples and near your ears to loosen up more face framing hairs. You can also pull on your bun to make it more textured.

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Photos by: Kristen Dee Photography

stocking stuffers for days

I don’t know about you, but stockings are definitely my favorite part of Christmas. I can’t even explain it but something about a bunch of small gifts just makes my heart so happy! I’ve rounded up some of the best stocking stuffers (all under $50!) that are sure to please whoever you are buying for! All of these items will also ship for free! Some of them are so good you may just need to gift yourself as well. xoxo